Scrabble made it tens wins from ten as they won the clash of the top two in Division Two, Camden & Redbridge A played out a six-goal thriller, but the weather played its part in postponing numerous matches…
RESULTS AT A GLANCE (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL REVIEW):
Blizzard Storm P Hendon United A P
Camden Park 3 Redbridge Jewish Care A 3
Faithfold A 0 FC Team A 5
Harmen P Oakwood A P (WATERLOGGED PITCH)
North London Raiders A 2 Maccabi London Lions A 0
FC Team B P Faithfold B P (WATERLOGGED PITCH)
Los Blancos 3 Brady Maccabi 3
North London Raiders B 0 SPEC FC 2
Oakwood B 5 Brixton Old Boys 3
Redbridge Jewish Care B P Real Sosobad P (WATERLOGGED PITCH)
Faithfold C P North London Raiders C P (WATERLOGGED PITCH)
FC Team C 3 Real Hendon 3
Hendon United B 0 Scrabble 3 ( PHOTO GALLERY VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…)
L’Equipe 4 Temple Fortune 0
WEEK 15 PHOTO GALLERY:
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS FROM HENDON UNITED B 0 SCRABBLE 3…
TEAM OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
BEN LAW (SCRABBLE)
SIMON ROTH (SPEC)
JOSH BARNETT (FC TEAM A)
ED WEISZ (FC TEAM A)
JOSH BENTLEY (SCRABBLE)
ANDY COHEN (SCRABBLE)
ANTHONY GOODMAKER (SCRABBLE)
RYAN FOX (SPEC)
REISS MOGILNER (BRADY MACCABI)
YOEL DEAL (CAMDEN PARK)
BEN HARIELY (FC TEAM A)
JOSH DICKINSON (OAKWOOD B)
JONNY KAY (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
YOSSI GOLDBERG (REAL HENDON)
ELLIOT WALLIS (SPEC)
ROB HERSHKORN (CAMDEN PARK)
SHIM BENSOOR (FC TEAM A)
JORDAN MARKS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
BOBBY ABRAMS (OAKWOOD B)
JACOB RICHLER KLEIMAN (OAKWOOD B)
DANNY SHERMAN (SCRABBLE)
GOAL OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) YOSSI GOLDBERG (REAL HENDON)
Received the ball from a corner, and from 25 yards out, hit a ferocious, controlled half-volley into the same top corner
2) JORDAN SILVERSTONE (CAMDEN PARK)
A stunning free-kick from 40 yards aimed at the back post, avoided everyone including their goalkeeper as it flew into the top corner.
3) BEN ELLIS (NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A)
Jordan Marks took down a difficult ball with his chest on the left flank, pushed the ball past his marker before delivering a lofted cross to the edge of the box where Ellis swivelled and volleyed low into the bottom corner
SAVE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) BEN LAW (SCRABBLE)
Faced with Hendon striker Benny Gluckis bearing down on goal, stood up superbly and bravely to block close-range shot
QUOTE OF THE WEEK NOMINATIONS:
1) RICKY LAWRENCE (SPEC)
“No one will be telling their grandchildren about this one.”
2) JONATHAN COHEN (TEMPLE FORTUNE)
“I can’t really comment much on the game this week as I am still pretty angry and upset with one particular event, at a critical point in the match. I don’t think I’m allowed say anything on the matter, but safe to say we feel very, very hard done by.”
CAMDEN PARK 3 REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A 3
Redbridge dropped two points in their title bid, as goals from Nathan Sollosi, Ben Sollosi and Jason Goldstein earned them a point.
The visitors went ahead three times, though were pegged back on each occasion. Manager Jon Jacobs told jewishnews.co.uk: “It was a deserved draw.”
Josh Marks, skipper Rob Hershkorn and a stunning 40-yard free-kick from Jordan Silverstone earned Camden a point, with manager Will Castle telling jewishnews.co.uk: “With eight first team players injured today, it was always going to be an uphill battle, but somehow we managed to get a well earned point in a gruelling 3-3 draw.
“Michael Khalastchi pulled up 15 minutes into the second half and because we were so short I ended up having to come on! You know you are short on players when that happens.
“I’m really proud of my team, we frustrated a very good Redbridge team and they couldn’t cope with our determination. It’s nice to end a run of really poor results and go into the festive break off the back of a positive result for us.”
FAITHFOLD A 0 FC TEAM A 5
Team moved further clear of the bottom two sides as they ran out emphatic winners at the Division’s bottom side.
Shim Bensoor scored twice, with David Joseph Cohen, Bar Hariely and Alon Hershkorn also all on target. Manager Ben Gilbey told jewishnews.co.uk: “Another good win against what is a struggling Faithfold, however on a muddy and slippery pitch, it was always going to be a tricky one.
“We controlled the game and eased to victory. The addition of Bar Hariely has really strengthened our midfield, setting up the first two and grabbing a goal for himself as well, I’m excited to see him up against the top teams. With captain Rob Sanford out, Joel Barnett and Ed Weisz were very impressive at centre backs and looked untroubled. We still have Sanford, Gilbery, Gance, Spitzer, Julius and Perkins all to return to full fitness and with the current form the team is on, I only have high hopes for FC Team for the remainder of the season and 2016!”
HARMEN P OAKWOOD A P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A 2 MACCABI LONDON LIONS A 0
Raiders moved four points clear at the top of the table as goals from Ben Ellis and Jordan Marks brought an end to Lions’ impressive run of late.
Manager Rob Richman told jewishnews.co.uk: “Today was a really pleasing win against a very combative side. In the first half Lions pressed and harried and worked very hard to close down any space. However, they could do nothing with the opener, a goal which won’t be bettered this season in the league. Jordan Marks took down a difficult ball with his chest on the left flank, he then pushed the ball past his marker before delivering a lofted cross to the edge of the box where Ben Ellis swivelled and volleyed low into the bottom corner. A super opener which left all in attendance applauding in admiration. Marks, Rhodes and Kay all had chances to extend the lead but in truth Lions workrate meant 1-0 was probably a fair reflection at half-time.
“The second half though was as complete and mature a performance as we’ve produced this season. We scored early in the second half through the ever impressive Marks and that deflated Lions somewhat. Thereafter the midfield three of Kay, Joseph and the returning Mannie controlled the game and the only disappointment were the chances we missed to extend our lead. Doffman, though, was not called to make a save of note until the very last minute so we can be very pleased with our mornings work. It sets us up nicely for a massive game next week against Hendon.”
FC TEAM B P FAITHFOLD B P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
LOS BLANCOS 3 BRADY MACCABI 3
Reiss Mogilner’s hat-trick wasn’t enough to secure victory for the leaders as they were held to a point by a battling Blancos side.
Jeff Gross, Adam Hersh and Tim Heynes earning the hosts an impressive point.
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B 0 SPEC FC 2
SPEC moved up into second spot as two goals from Elliot Wallis saw them to the points.
Player-manager Ricky Lawrence told jewishnews.co.uk: “No one will be telling their grandchildren about this one, but we got our opener after no more than two minutes and our second thirty minutes later gave Raiders a tough task with our back four and keeper in good form.”
OAKWOOD B 5 BRIXTON OLD BOYS 3
Oakwood kept up their title challenge as they fought back from being 3-1 down with 30 minutes to go
Jacob Richler Kleiman scored twice, with Bobby Abrams, Dan Ailion and Dan Seligman also on target.
Manager Jason Stein told jewishnews.co.uk: “I’m obviously delighted to get another win and end 2015 firmly in the hunt for the title, but our performance left a lot to be desired today. Perhaps we got complacent after taking the lead so early.
“Brixton attacked well and they punished us for missing our chances. They led 3-1 and they were value for that lead – for large parts of the game they did not look a bottom of the table side. But anything we lacked in performance today, we made up for in spirit to come back and win. That’s the important thing.
“Bobby Abrams and Jacob RK were great together today and they kept working hard, not letting their heads drop and got the goals they deserved.
“The B’s have achieved an unprecedented year in 2015. Fifteen wins and three draws from 23 games gives us a lot to be proud of and there is plenty to look forward to in 2016 – starting with the Anekstein QF.”
Baum, Eskanazy and Cohen scored for Brixton.
REDBRIDGE B P REAL SOSOBAD P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
FAITHFOLD C P NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C P
MATCH POSTPONED – WATERLOGGED PITCH
FC TEAM C 3 REAL HENDON 3
Real Hendon spurned the chance to go joint-second as they were held to this point.
Yossi Goldberg scored twice for them, with Gav Noe also on target. Player-manager Chaim Gothold told jewishnews.co.uk: “We did well to come back from 1-0 down and 2-1 down to go 3-2 up but it wasn’t to be.”
Nicky Sugarman, Eitan Ben-Zion and Eddie Sternberg scored for Team.
HENDON UNITED B 0 SCRABBLE 3
Scrabble made it ten wins from ten as they won this battle of the top-two, to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points.
Danny Sherman scored twice, with Elliot Espinoza also on target. Manager Ray Abrahams told jewishnews.co.uk: “Winning the first ten games on the spin and reaching 30 points before the turn of the year is a fantastic achievement and I’m so proud of the players and pleased and delighted for everyone connected with this club. To have done it today against a form side who are second in the league was a great credit to the lads and all 13 players that appeared for us gave everything they had in their locker and more.
“Our aim at the start of the season was to put a squad together that would gain promotion from this division and that must now be within our grasp.
“We will look to achieve that as quickly as possible and then see where we go in terms of the title but we have to keep focused and have our feet on the ground as every game from now on will be like a cup final with teams looking to end our terrific run and we are in for some tough games in the new year against some useful sides but you can be sure that we will not be complacent and will continue to target the three points in all those matches on a game by game basis and we certainly have the players capable of winning those games.”
Benni Sluckis and Avi Mocton hit the woodwork for Hendon, with player-manager Adam Glekin telling jewishnews.co.uk: “How that game has ended 3-0 is beyond me. I thought we more than matched Scrabble and were probably the better team. My only frustration is that we’ve gifted them two unbelievably soft goals at the beginning of each half and when we’re not scoring as freely as we’d like, you can’t afford to that against the best team in the division.
“Scrabble probably have the title wrapped up now, but we’ll keep on battling and try and finish as high as we possibly can”.
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TO FOLLOW…
L’EQUIPE 4 TEMPLE FORTUNE 0
L’Equipe are up into fourth spot thanks to this convincing win.
Rob Simons scored twice, with James Bell and Jeremy Newton also on target.
Fortune player-manager Jonathan Cohen told jewishnews.co.uk: “I can’t really comment much on the game this week as I am still pretty angry and upset with one particular event, at a critical point in the match. I don’t think I’m allowed say anything on the matter, but safe to say we feel very, very hard done by.
“My players were committed and resolute for the majority of the game and I think deserved more. Though we were beaten by a better team, 4-0 doesn’t tell the whole story here.”